9/11 Memorial Flags and Ceremony on Capitol Square
September 1, 2023
Flags for 9/11 memorial 2023
Update: Video of the ceremony can be viewed on the Ohio Channel. https://www.ohiochannel.org/video/ohio-statehouse-911-flag-memorial
Photos available at: https://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/flags-for-9-11-in-2023
(Columbus, OH)— The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 with a memorial flag display on the west lawn of the Ohio Statehouse. A short program will begin Thursday, September 7 at 5 p.m. on the west steps of the Ohio Statehouse and will feature remarks from state officials. After the program, volunteers from across central Ohio will install the 2,977 flags that comprise the memorial.
The Ohio Statehouse has been the venue for the annual 9/11 memorial from 2002 through 2023, only missing 2020 due to the pandemic. The flags represent the 2,977 victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93. When seen from above, the design represents the World Trade Center towers, with a space in the shape of the Pentagon and an open strip representing the field in Pennsylvania. Located on the West Lawn of the Ohio Statehouse, the memorial will be open to the public from 7 p.m. Thursday, September 7 until 12 p.m. Tuesday, September 12.
The September 7 program will include brief remarks by several dignitaries from state government in Ohio including:
- Director Deborah Ashenhurst, Ohio Department of Veterans Services
- Senator Hearcel Craig, Ohio Senate District 15, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board
- Representative Tracy Richardson, Ohio House of Representatives District 86, and
- Fire Marshal Kevin Reardon
The flag display is a memorable and moving scene on the Ohio Statehouse lawn. The volunteers installing the flags include individuals from across the State of Ohio. The flags will be checked daily by staff and volunteers. Please contact Emily Volkmann, firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-466-9335 to volunteer for this event.
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